Former town office site 'amazing'

A steady stream of visitors to the Historical Society’s Open House last Saturday at Washington’s refurbished original old town house was pleased and excited by its condition and the displays. Enthusiasm and well-wishing was a response from everyone. The old building at 264 Razorville Road was constructed soon after Sept. 14, 1835, when the citizens voted to build a town office and appointed Isaac Heaton, Calvin Starrett and Joseph Rust Jr. to draft a plan for it. No time was wasted and construction was complete in time for the town meeting of September 1836. Over the past year or so, Historical Society volunteers replaced weak timbers and other boarding and installed platform areas on two sides. That raised section is divided into stalls representing an old kitchen, living room, bedroom, and shed, and outfitted with items from the society’s collection. The result is a nice glimpse into an old home. The rest of the floor is crushed rock which will later hold heavier pieces like farm machinery. The society plans to open the building from time to time as more improvements and additions are made. This is a terrific accomplishment for the Historical Society and the whole town. Congratulations!

Pie baking contest

The winner of the pie-baking contest the Historical Society’s Open House is Haley Olmstead whose blueberry pie was the unanimous decision of the judges. Larry Trueman, antique dealer and appraiser, served as a judge along with Maynard Haslett and Denise Hylton. They made the most of their roles — tasting, re-tasting, and savoring — all with a very dramatic flair which was delightful to watch. They secluded themselves at a distance and made their decision with much gesturing and comparing of notes (also lots of fun to watch). It should be noted that the judges’ lengthy process is a sure sign that all the pies were above average. Runner-up was Charlotte Young’s lemon meringue pie. Many thanks to everyone who entered the contest. The sale of pie slices after the judging was an important fund-raiser at this event. Thank you, thank you, to bakers and buyers alike.

Appraisals popular and informative

After his duty as pie judge, Larry Trueman got right into his appraisal duties at the Open House Sept. 6. Larry grew up with his parents’ antique collection and studied their library of reference books constantly. After college (majoring in American Studies), he worked at an out-of-state auction house that specialized in antique firearms, paintings, and decoys and learned to catalog and auction them and became a licensed federal firearms dealer. He graduated from Reppert School of Auctioneering and started his own auction business in 1988. In 2005, Larry moved back to Maine and established LT Auctions. We are incredibly fortunate for Larry’s generosity in doing the appraisals and appreciate his good humor and friendliness to all of us. There were many interesting items brought for consideration including a handmade violin with a hand-carved case and a cork butter container (unique and unknown even to Larry — any info welcome). The most wow-some appraisal was for a Bellamy American eagle carving. It was very satisfying to get an idea what an item is worth and interesting to note that we still love those “things” even if they aren’t valuable on the market. A very special day and very special event.

Got a little free time?

MCH Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver hot, nutritious meals to older adults and disabled individuals in their own homes and provide a welcome daily contact. Although this is a volunteer job, a mileage reimbursement is available. Meals on Wheels needs drivers for the Washington and Union area. If you can help out with this important service, contact Lois Stackpole-Alley, Meals on Wheels Food Services Director, at lmsa@mchinc.org or call her at 594-2740.

Sacred Drums schedule changed

The 8000 Drums Ceremony usually held at Gibbs Library on or near the autumnal equinox will, instead, be this Sunday, Sept. 14, because so many members will be away or working on the Common Ground Fair. There will, however, be a drum ceremony Sunday, Sept. 21, at 2 p.m. at the Palermo Community Center and it is synchronized with observances in 192 countries. Contact Connie at 993-2294 if you need directions or for more information.